WACO, Texas (KWTX) Thousands of people were up bright and early Sunday morning for the second annual Silo District Marathon. Just over 6,000 runners from all 50 states, as well as five different countries including Canada, Mexico, and Australia gathered near the magnolia silos to participate in the marathon, half-marathon, and 5k runs. With the profits from the runs going towards the “Brave Like Gabe foundation”.
“Being part of a race that has a charitable organization that all the profits and benefits go to, that’s an honor in itself to be associated with that,” said Rick Johnson, a pace team member.
The profits that go into the foundation from the race will support rare cancer research and benefit cancer patients treated at Baylor Scott & White McClinton cancer center in Waco. Joe Whelan, a San Antonio resident was the marathon winner for the men, and he will now move on to participate in the Olympic trials in Atlanta. He says more than anything, he was happy to support the foundation.
“(It’s) Perfect, I mean Gabe, she’s an elite runner, and it can happen to anybody,” said Whelan.
Whitney Thornburg Macon, a Nashville resident was the women's winner and will now also qualify for the Olympic trials
“It’s a dream come true,” said Macon. “So now I have to prepare for the trials. And I don’t want to just get to the trials, I want to really execute a great race there. So onward and upward from here.”
Macon says she also wanted to be in this race because of the “Brave Like Gabe foundation”, and for the support it lends to cancer research because she too has had friends who have battled cancer.
“It’s a fight that...can be fought valiantly, and I think a cure is coming,” said Macon. “So I think that if we keep supporting it, we can end cancer and beat it.”